Softball hits its way to fourth straight section title

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The softball team came up with its biggest win of the season on Friday, defeating Bethel Park 1-0 to keep alive Baldwin’s hope of winning a fifth straight section title.

Jack O’Brien and Adam Goldsboro

The Baldwin girls varsity softball team won the section championship for the fourth straight year, and for the first time in that run, they aren’t sharing that title with anyone.

The girls beat Canon McMillan 4-3 on Tuesday in a competitive game that was a good test for the team.

“We didn’t hit a lot during the first inning and left a lot of runners on base,” sophomore Cassie Carlson said.

The Highlanders found themselves trailing early on and had to fight back from a deficit.

Solid pitching and some crucial situational hitting, including a home run from senior Taylor Dadig, erased the deficit and paved the way to victory.

The last time a Baldwin sports team won section four years in a row was just over 20 years ago, when the softball team won from 1994 through 1997.

“It feels great,” Dadig said. “Hopefully we can set an example for the younger players by carrying on the tradition of success year after year.”

Carlson, one of those younger players, recognizes that tradition.

“It feels great to be a part of this team, especially because I’m an underclassman,” Carlson said.

One of Baldwin’s most successful programs in recent history soon will enter the playoffs red hot and looking for more.

“Our goal is to make it back to (the WPIAL championship) and win this time,” Dadig said.

Baldwin previously made it to the WPIAL championship in 2016, but fell short of the title.